Music

The Mix
7:03 am
Fri November 16, 2012

The Mix: ThistleRadio's 100 Essential Celtic Songs

Scottish folk band Capercaillie is featured twice on Fiona Ritchie's list of essential Celtic songs.

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 2:57 pm

During almost 30 years hosting The Thistle & Shamrock, I've been privileged to hear thousands of albums recorded on everything from vinyl to MP3. For my list of 100 Essential Celtic Songs, I hand-picked songs and instrumentals by passionate performers from across the decades who helped define the sound of my radio shows.

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JazzSet
3:57 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Billy Childs Quartet On JazzSet

Billy Childs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:33 am

It's New Year's Eve at The Blue Whale, a "live jazz + art space" in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Founded in 2009 by singer Joon Lee, this is a listening room. There's food at the bar, poetry (Rumi!) on the ceiling, and wall-to-wall people. The Blue Whale has been sold out for days, and the phone keeps ringing off the hook because everybody wants to be on the air, cheering for Billy Childs live on NPR's Toast of the Nation.

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Mountain Stage
3:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

The Lost Brothers On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:44 pm

The Irish indie-folk duo The Lost Brothers makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of Ohio University in Athens. Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland aren't actually brothers; they met nearly a decade ago, while they were both working with other bands in Liverpool. The two began writing songs together in their spare time, and liked the results so much that they decided to form a singing duo.

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A Blog Supreme
12:11 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

The Jazz Side Of Thrill Jockey Records

The late saxophonist Fred Anderson recorded for Thrill Jockey with drummer Hamid Drake.
Jim Newberry Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 3:24 pm

The Chicago-based record label Thrill Jockey, led by founder Bettina Richards, has been presenting music on its own terms since 1992. Like any great independent label, it's difficult to identify the core "sound" of its releases, but its fans can easily identify its curatorial spirit. This is by design. "The way I listen to music, there are no categorical limits," Richards says.

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The Record
12:02 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Divinity From Dust: The Healing Power Of 'The Disintegration Loops'

Ambient music composer William Basinski says the four-volume work, now a box set, saved his life.
James Elaine

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:30 am

William Basinski has lived on both American coasts, but I know a Southern gentleman when I hear one. The ambient music composer, who grew up in Texas, is on vacation visiting the Celeste ranch of his partner James Elaine's family when I call him — "I just fed the horses apples," he mentions — and is just as sweet as I'd heard from colleagues. He pauses long between words, measuring each one because the weight of each word is just as important as its meaning.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:50 am
Thu November 15, 2012

From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.
Steph Mackinnon

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 6:49 am

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These days it's not unusual to find classical musicians performing in unlikely venues — pubs, clubs and out-of-the-way places. But long before this trend took hold there was Matt Haimovitz. Ten years ago, the intrepid cellist lugged his instrument across the country, bringing music by J.S. Bach to barrooms, coffeehouses and even Manhattan's famous punk club CBGB.

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All Songs Considered
7:24 am
Thu November 15, 2012

First Watch: Night Beds, 'Even If We Try'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:01 pm

This is a languid gem of a song paired with very disturbing video. The music, "Even If We Try," is by Night Beds, the project of Winston Yellen. Yellen is a Colorado Springs musician now making his home in Nashville. In fact the songs on the debut album from Night Beds, Country Sleep, were written and partially recorded in Tennessee at the former Sycamore Homestead in Tennessee of Johnny Cash.

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Classics in Concert
12:16 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Carnegie Hall Live: Gardiner Leads Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

John Eliot Gardiner leads the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on November 17, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:46 pm

PERFORMERS:

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner, artistic director and conductor

Elisabeth Meister, soprano

Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano

Michael Spyres, tenor

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Mountain Stage
2:33 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Sara Watkins On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:41 pm

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A Blog Supreme
1:24 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Bob French, New Orleans Drummer And Bandleader, Has Died

Bob French sits at his drum set prior to performing at the New Orleans club d.b.a. in 2007.
Morris Schaefer Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:12 pm

Bob French, an iconic New Orleans drummer who led the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band for decades, died Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. He was 74.

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